Friday, January 19, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday 393: Old World Murder

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is Old World Murder by local writer, Kathleen Ernst.



As she turned, Chloe paused to get a feel of the century-old building. She got a brief glimpse of half-papered walls; a worktable covered with tools. Then the impression came. It was not the distant jumble she’d felt in St. Peter’s Church. Instead, a sense of palpable unhappiness crackled in the air.









ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Chloe Ellefson #1

A deadly heirloom hunt

Trying to leave painful memories behind her, Chloe Ellefson is making a fresh start. She's the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum showcasing 1870s settlement life. On her first day, Chloe meets with an elderly woman who begs her to find a priceless eighteenth-century Norwegian ale bowl that had been donated to the museum years ago. But before Chloe can find the heirloom and return it to her, the woman dies in a suspicious car crash.

Digging up the history and whereabouts of the rare artifact quickly turns dangerous. Chloe discovers that someone is desperately trying to cover up all traces of the bowl's existence—by any means necessary. Assisting Chloe is police officer Roelke McKenna, whose own haunting past compels him to protect her. To catch the covetous killer, Chloe must solve a decades-old puzzle . . . before she becomes a part of history herself.




Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Teaser Tuesday 392: Alpha Wolf

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser comes from Alpha Wolf by Linda O. Johnston.



Crack!

Dr. Melanie Harding’s hands jerked. Seated at her scuffed wooden desk, she nearly dropped the financial statement she’d been studying—the first month’s figures for her new veterinary practice.

Had that been a gunshot?

(Chapter 1)

~*~*~*~*~*~

As a tree walked into his path, he slammed on his brakes. Oh, yeah. Something was definitely wrong.

(Chapter 9)



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Alpha Force #1


When Dr. Melanie Harding comes to rural Maryland to open a veterinarian clinic, she has no intention of buying into the area's absurd werewolf legends. Until she rescues an ordinary dog shot with a silver bullet, and meets his sexy owner, Major Drew Connell.A founding member of the Alpha Force on a nearby military base, Drew has developed an elixir that helps werewolves control their shape-shifting abilities. Drew has always tried to keep his distance from the civilian population, but Melanie's sweet and gentle nature soon wears down his defenses. With the attacks on people and animals in the area mounting, can their fiery attraction withstand their toughest challenge?





Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Teaser Tuesday 391: French Fried

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



Another second book this week, French Fried from Kylie Logan’s “Ethnic Eats” series.


I tried again, and when there was still no answer, I stepped into the parlor.

That’s when my breath caught and my heart stopped and my blood ran cold.


(Chapter 4)








ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Ethnic Eats #2

The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie's Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery, will be offering French cuisine for the entire week.

For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel "Rocky" Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer's day. Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon, and poison, Laurel turns from souffle to sleuth.




Friday, December 29, 2017

Skywatch Friday 221



Rare Sunrise photos from me,
taken through my front window Dec 20


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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Découpage Ornaments

I was asked to make a store sample earlier this month for a découpage ornament. We printed out two images, the Santa and snowman. I trimmed around the images, then used Mod Podge to adhere one image to one side of the ornament. When that had dried, I flipped it over and adhered the other image. After that had dried, I added a second coating of the Mod Podge to each side, allowing time for each side to dry.

To spice it up a bit, I added Snow-Tex around the edges of the side with the snowman, and a mini white pom-pom for the ball on his hat. When that side had dried, I flipped it over and added the Snow-Tex to Santa's coat and hat. I did each side different to show people what they could do.

So here is my store sample -- Side A shows the snowman, side B the Santa.








As the owner's birthday was this month, I was also asked to make a special ornament for him. He did not make it easy on me. He was there the day I made this and the store sample. A co-worker acted as lookout for me, letting me know when he was headed towards the front of the store so I could quickly hide it. Both he and his wife loved it!






Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 294: 2017 Christmas Ornaments, Pt 2





More from this year . . .
(See last week for Pt 1)


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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Random Photo: Christmas Ornaments

The only ornament on my tree NOT handmade.
It was my very first Christmas ornament,
a present from one of my grandmothers. 









Friday, December 22, 2017

Skywatch Friday 220



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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 293: 2017 Christmas Ornaments, Pt 1










Some of what I've stitched for this year . . . 


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 390: Threads of Evidence

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from Threads of Evidence, book two in the "Mainely Needlepointers" series by Lea Wait.



She touched his breast gently. "He's Dead!" she said, looking at all of us. "And he was sipping from the glass I poured myself ten minutes ago."

(Chapter Twelve)







Book one in the series, Twisted Threads, was featured in February 2016.



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Mainely Needlpointers #2


It's hard to imagine anything bad ever happening in picturesque Haven Harbor, Maine--until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets. . .

Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as "Aurora," has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years--and some say it's haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances...

Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine's murder--and the murderer--and it's up to her to stitch the clues together. . .



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 292: So Sweet When She's Asleep



A friend's kitten, Sapphire, AKA The Bully


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 389: Prose and Cons

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week I am teasing from Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower, the second in her Magical Bookshop series.



I blinked as if to make sure I wasn't imagining the dead woman at my feet. [Her] neck was bent at a weird angle.


(Chapter Six)






ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Magical Bookshop #2

In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma Daisy are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the written word is positively enchanting . . .

October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe in the shop’s back garden to entertain revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.

Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead during the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she’ll need to rely on Poe’s works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop’s crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else’s heart beats nevermore . . .





Sunday, December 10, 2017

Random Photo: Attitude



Sapphire, a friend's 1-yr-old cat





Friday, December 08, 2017

Skywatch Friday 219





From Nov 20, 2017


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Skywatch 218







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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 290: Ornamental Cabbage









Photographed near where I work

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 388: Invitation to Murder

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from Invitation to Murder by Tim Myers, writing as Elizabeth Bright. This is a cozy mystery from 2005.



"You've got to tell her I won't stop it! She'll believe you. Please, you're the only one who can save me."


(Opening paragraph, Chapter One)







ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Cardmaking #1

Jennifer Shane's brainchild of a shop, Custom Card Creations, hasn't been all glitter and tinsel. Customers are scarce and-after finally landing a client-Jennifer hears a murder over the phone. And when she receives a threatening note, it's clear someone has designs on her life, too. Now, between holding cardmaking lessons, trying to scissor her ex-fiancé out of her life, and piecing together a murder, Jennifer has really got her work cut out for her.